Night came with many stars : a novel

by Van Booy, Simon,

Format: Print Book 2021
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In Kentucky, back in 1933, Carol's daddy lost his 13-year-old daughter in a game of cards. Award-winning author Simon Van Booy's spellbinding novel spans decades as he tells the story of Carol and the people in her life. Incidents intersect and lives unexpectedly change course in this masterfully interwoven story of chance and choice that leads home again to a night blessed with light.

"What you give in this world," an old man tells his grandson, "will be given back to you." Those words illuminate the actions within this unforgettable novel and its connected characters. A young man survives two nearly fatal accidents. A Black family saves an orphaned white boy. A pregnant teenager is rescued by the side of the road. A teenager with developmental disabilities is given his first job. Each incident grows in meaning and power over many decades as we see connections sometimes felt but not always apparent to the people themselves. "Everything was moving," observes Samuel (Carol's grandson) in the Kentucky woods. "An invisible force that was everywhere, and made everything touch."

Told by a master storyteller, Night Came with Many Stars is a rare novel that reveals how wondrous, mysterious, and magically connected life can be--the light Simon Van Booy creates in this novel illuminates our own lives.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Van Booy (The Sadness of Beautiful Things) follows two generations of a rural Kentucky family across nearly a century in his fractured, melancholic latest. In 1933, drunk widower Clay wagers and loses his 13-year-old daughter, Carol, in a poker game. She moves in with Travis Curt to serve as domestic help, and he rapes and impregnates her. Carol runs away and finds refuge with Bessie, a Black woman who performs illegal abortions. Over the next decade, Carol, Bessie, and housekeeper Martha raise Carol's developmentally disabled son, Rusty, and eventually Carol and Rusty move out, and Carol finds work as a housekeeper for a former patient of Bessie's. Van Booy intercuts Carol's story with that of her grandson Samuel, starting in 1986 when, at age 13, one of Samuel's eyes is permanently damaged while playing with a friend. Later, after a bad first semester of college, Samuel drops out and starts drinking heavily. He drifts through his adult life, winning a large poker tournament and dating a waitress until he's ready to settle down. The alternating viewpoints and episodic narration sometimes come at the expense of emotional depth and clarity of purpose. Themes of resilience and tragedy come through, though readers will be left wondering about some of the author's choices. Agent: Susanna Lea, Susanna Lea Assoc. (June)"
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Additional Information
Publisher Boston :2021
Language English
Description pages cm
ISBN 9781567927030
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